October has certainly brought cold nights and even cool days, and what better for this month’s desktop calendar and featured artwork than two brother cats cuddling down on the fluffy red bath mat, lots of warm colors, red and yellow and brown, all reminiscent of the season? This sketch has always caught my eye while scrolling through daily sketches, and when “StumbleUpon” was a big deal this sketch seemed to be shared by everyone, which made me very happy.
Giuseppe gives Mr. Sunshine a brotherly bath in a warm and cozy bathroom.
I loved the way they looked on that red rug and visualized a simple line sketch with the brush pen, but with color added. Although the bathroom is white and mint green I still pictured a warm yellow gold background around the red carpet, and keeping with the warm earth tones, the boys in brown. I wanted pretty nearly flat colors, just a little bit of intentional shading and variation, influenced, I think, by some art I’d been recently browsing, traditional, ancient art using natural colors, and modern homage to this style. This is pretty much what I visualized.
N.B.: Scanning and presenting digital art being what it is, I had to manipulate the red so much that I lost a few of the gentler details of texture and shading. It scanned as a bright, lighter, warm red, which was nice and initially I let it be, but decided it was the darker, cooler red that made the boys stand out more against the color. I wanted it to be really representative of the color I mixed and layered which as a deep but bright red, a little on the purple side. With rested eyes this morning and daylight, I tweaked the red a little more, and now on most screens it should resemble the original a little more closely.
Mr. Sunshine says, “You used that yellow because it matches my eyes.” Okay, Sunshine, maybe I did choose that sunshiny yellow because it’s darned close to the color of your eyes. But we didn’t notice that until this morning.
I like this style, the black outlines, the yellow background, lots of red, so much I’ve used it a couple of other times since this sketch, as in “The Zen of Basket, After Toulouse-Lautrec”, and even “Listening to Granados, de Falla and Rodrigo“.
Where to find this artwork
A New Member Thank You
Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “The Magic Carpet” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.
The New Member print is a signed digital print of my watercolor painting “The Magic Carpet” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 6″ x 9″, matted in black core white to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.
This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!
Or purchase another size print or greeting card
Choose another style or size of print of The Magic Carpet on the product listing. I offer prints as:
- digital prints on matte-finish art paper
- giclees on art paper
- on canvas in standard sizes
- as framed prints, as shown, and custom framing is available
This painting is also available as a 5 x 7 greeting card or a 4.25 x 5.5 note card.
And also find this image on several gift items
This month’s desktop calendar
I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month. Looking at the downloads from previous months and averaging out which dimensions fit which devices, I have reduced the number of variations from 12 to three. It was very time-consuming to create all the variations with new devices arriving all the time, so I have one for horizontal monitors/screens, one for square monitors/screens, and one that should fit the dimensions of nearly all mobile devices.
If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.
How to download and use your desktop calendar
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
- For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.
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Square monitors and screens
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Small Mobile Devices and Tablets
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Cell Phones and Smartphones
Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.
Each month I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.
click here to see other artwork featured on The Creative Cat
or visit Feline Artwork on my main website.
If you are interested in a print of this image, check Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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